My Soul to Keep- The Movie
Movies based on books, as far as we are concerned here at SELEDA, are the best
inventions since them easily forgeable QebellE mastaweQia cards.
Taddiyama, when the book/soon-to-be movie is partially set in Ethiopia
a moment please while we thank Qulibiew Mike for this unearthly
ay yante neger
First Endurance and now My Soul to Keep
it seems that Hollywood
is taking notice of Ethiopia
and soon there shall be plenty, as our well-placed
Hollywood sources tell us. (Ok
we got no sources
but it sounded
Blair ("hold us tight and never let go") Underwood brings Tananarive
Due's much-acclaimed book to the big screen. My Soul to Keep, "part
love story, part supernatural thriller", is about a wife in America who
discovers her husband is part of a 500-year-old sect of Ethiopian intellectuals
who traded their souls for immortality. (Unlike us who would trade our souls
for a fabulous l'il rekebot
but that's why no one is doing
a movie about us!)
Mr. ("wui! Toppiyawii aymeslm?") Underwood had the
fortitude to film part of My Soul to Keep in Ethiopia with Ethiopian
filmmaker Yemane "we are ga-ga for Gr-Gr"
Demissie in tow as Line Producer, which explains the killer scenes of Ethiopia
in the trailer. Slated to come out this fall, this is one movie worth shelling
Check out the trailer and synopsis of My
Soul to Keep. And here's to more of our own filmmakers telling our stories
in our voices.
Finally feeling like you should actually do something worthwhile than spending
interminable nights at Bravo! Bravo! trying to read lips and drown out
sorrows? Well, you are way ahead of us already. Here, wake up the deadened nerves
connecting us to back home
pick a cause, any cause. You can't find a cause?
Here comes Mesob.org to the rescue. You an
ET tree hugger looking for same? Right there
Mesob has listed environmental
NGOs and groups where all y'all can deliberate hibiscus meniscus. Education
issues? AIDS awareness issues? Support group for SELEDAwiyan? There, there,
not there but understandable.
The point is, and God knows we try to make one once in a while, this devastatingly
organized page has gobs of informative information on where you can get information
about doing the right thing. The rest is up to you.
Check out Mesob.org. Change your life.
We have to have meetings at SELEDA in groups no bigger than three people because
well, that minor incident a few months back
"disturbing the peace"
. Hulu neger "felony" hono indEt yhonal???
Unlike us, though, the people at Kidmia.com,
a group of Ethiopian parents in Arlington, Texas, have set up what seems like
a peaceful organization to help their American-born children retain an Ethiopian
Mission: "Our goal is to help our children grow into exemplary individuals
who are able to identify themselves with their motherland Ethiopia."
And we ain't talking about "identity" as in parents dressing their
kids in Gap-like abesha lbss and taking them to church once a
week either! ("Sweetie
you feel like going to that place filled with
smoke? The place with the drums? Do you, sweetie?") NO! The kids at Kidmia
study Ethiopian geography and history; learn language and the cultural relevance
of holidays (er
do they know that TnsaE is not "that
Spring Midnight Ball" as upper management refers to it?)
We are impressed and humbled and inspired
and as soon as SELEDA chil'rens
are born, we are moving to Arlington, Texas to be close to people who are serious
of leaving a lasting legacy.
Learn more about Kidmia.com.
East African Fine Coffee Association- EAFCA
We have long believed that Juan Valdez, the dorky 'spokesperson' (he don't
he just has that goofy smile) for Colombian coffee is the anti-Christ.
Just a little conclusion we came to after drinking libations that did not contain
caffeine. How is it that Colombian coffee makers can get their product to the
American market, and we can't?
Well, finally, the people at EAFCA are righting this egregious wrong. EAFCA
is a promotion group set up by East African coffee growers (member countries
are Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda) to auction off gourmet
coffee beans on the Internet. Selling coffee futures to greedy Wall Streeters?
Out! Being at the mercy of world coffee prices? Sooooo out! Being known as a
second tier market? Outer than out!
More exciting is the formation of appellations (just like the French wine regions)
for coffee. Right up there is Ethiopia's own YirgaCHeffE, slated to be one of
the first regions promoted.
We love the EAFCA, and we would love it even more if it had a SELEDA brand
coffee-catchy promo: "Guaranteed to make you dizzy and bouncy. Proven to
kill 100 brain cells per microsecond."
Here is a great article
Also check out www.eafca.org.
May it live long and prosper.
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